Gordon Self is a senior health care executive providing ethical reflection and leadership on issues impacting vulnerable communities, including newborn safe havens and addiction strategies. He considers himself an adopted brother of a Vietnamese family who made the perilous boat crossing to Canada in 1979, which inspired his first novel.
Gordon's second novel drew readers insider the lives of a physician couple, and their experience coping with pregnancy loss and disenfranchised grief. Set in rural Iowa, the novel is a poignant and moving story of fidelity and vulnerability that will touch any parent who has known what it is like to lose a child, and the often parallel journey of grief a couple must walk in hope of ever finding themselves again.
Gordon then set out to write a romantic comedy, inspired by some of the bizarre, absurd and sometimes tragic circumstances that is part of the world of health care. While readily accessible to those who work within this ministry, Gordon nevertheless believes the story touches on perennial themes of meaning, purpose, and call that is reflective of the universal human experience that all will be able to identify with.
He plans to write again, but only once he makes his lifelong trip to Savannah, Georgia. Why Savannah? Its a question many friends and family ask. "I don't know. I just feel I have to go to Savannah, and once there I will discover what story I need to tell, and must be given away." Stay tuned to learn more about Gordon's next literary adventure!
Gordon continues to make his home in Edmonton with his wife, and they have three adult daughters. He published his first novel, The Necessities of Life in 2014, followed shortly after by Drowning In Iowa (2015), and now, A Most Spectacular Narrative (2017).